One Item Not In Shortage is Movie Popcorn

September 25, 2020

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While there has been many shortages since we become familiar with coronavirus, there's actually one commodity that has a surplus because of the pandemic: movie popcorn. People started eating popcorn at the movies during the Great Depression, and the snack has been a staple of cinemas ever since. But since many movie theaters are closed and for those that are open, attendance has been down, it has led to an oversupply of movie popcorn.  One of the largest movie theater popcorn growers, has reportedly installed seven new silos to store the surplus popcorn it has accumulated since the start of the pandemic. That's enough to fill about 80 million movie theater popcorn tubs. Interesting enough, shopping for microwave popcorn in your grocery store, you may have seen shortages and empty shelves. It is because popcorn for movie theaters and popcorn for the home do not come from the same suppliers. Movie theater popcorn farmers are used to selling their product directly to theaters, so they aren't equipped to provide the packaging necessary to get it into supermarkets. One of the temporary solutions is to sell movie theater popcorn to consumers in bulk. Preferred Popcorn, the largest seller of movie theater popcorn, is selling its kernels online in massive 30-pound and 50-pound bags [CLICK HERE to buy]. Compared to some other crops, popcorn has a relatively long shelf life. Growers can hold onto their unsold kernels for about a year before the internal moisture necessary to make them pop dries out. 

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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